4PL.COM Clearing & Forwarding

4PL Clearing & Forwarding is an accredited Clearing Agent in accordance with Section 64E of the Customs and Excise Act No91 of 1964, this is also referred to as a SARS preferred trader. Our Team has a wealth of experience in the Clearing & Forwarding Global Arena. The Business uses  4PL’s National office footprint and is able to provide a door to door solution to all general cargo-whether it is by air, sea or land - Full Container Loads (FCL) and Less Container Loads (LCL), bulk or out of gauge.
The Clearing & Forwarding team adapts the same ethos and work ethic as is customary within the 4PL Group of Companies.

Intro | Vision & More

Import & Export Customs Clearing

(We are fully accredited with SARS)
All goods entering into or departing from South Africa require customs clearing. We are able to provide a swift customs clearing service at competitive rates. With our online system we are linked via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) to Customs. Our team is fully geared to take care of all customs procedures as is required by our Customers to suit their needs.

The benefits of EDI are as follows:

  • Pre-clearing of documents in a shorter time frame with higher levels of accuracy
  • Cost reduction due to less administration and less errors
  • Increased Cash Flow due to faster turn-around times

Advice on Tariff Issues

4PL Clearing and forwarding through its direct link to EDI has the following:

  • Daily updated Electronic Customs Tariff’s
  • Daily updated Electronic Rates of Exchange
  • General updates regarding amendments on duties, excise and vat.

Tariff Determinations

Proper classification of goods, under the correct tariff heading code in order to prevent costly penalties associated with incorrect classification payable to Customs. 

VAT, Duty & Provisional Payments Refund Administration

Process Customs refunds:

  • Application on behalf of Customers
  • Monitor and administer the Customs refund & Provisional Payments register to ensure monies are refunded back to the clients.
  • VAT

Custom Audits

The process of verifying the compliance of a business with the relevant legislation and revenue requirements through an examination of the accounts and other records of the business.

International Ocean Freight Forwarding

The Handling of your Full Container Load (FCL), Less than Container Load (LCL) & Break bulk cargo shipments - we will move your cargo in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

International Air Freight Forwarding

Our airfreight import and export division will monitor your consignment throughout the transport chain from collection to the end-user, including all the customs procedures.

Regional Road & Rail Forwarding

4PL Clearing & Forwarding,  provides a complete solution for cargo countrywide and over border transportation of containerized and break-bulk cargo by road and rail. The Forwarding of Cargo, ex-port to port, warehouse to port or warehouse to warehouse. We ensure that the movement of containers and loose goods between respective pick-up and delivery points are monitored daily and our clientele is kept up to date daily with a Tracking Report on the whereabouts of their goods.

Inter Africa Freight Forwarding

We are able to offer our customers with reliable Professional Agents, and provide you with peace of mind that the cargo has been entrusted to responsible agents who will speed up the transit process.

Helpful Links


DA185 - Application form: Registration/Licensing of Customs and Excise Clients

DA 185.4A1 - Registration Client Type 4A1- Importer 

DA 185.4A2 - Registration Client Type 4A2 - Exporter

DTI (Department of Trade and Industry)

ITAC (International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa):

Application for export permit

Application for import permit

Import permit for second hand vehicles

Application to register as importer